continent


continent
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin continent-, continens, from present participle of continēre to hold in — more at contain Date: 14th century 1. exercising continence 2. obsolete restrictivecontinently adverb II. noun Etymology: in senses 1 & 2, from Latin continent-, continens, present participle of continēre, to hold together, contain; in senses 3 & 4, from Latin continent-, continens continuous mass of land, mainland, from continent-, continens, present participle Date: 1541 1. archaic container, confines 2. archaic epitome 3. mainland 4. a. one of the six or seven great divisions of land on the globe b. capitalized the continent of Europe — used with the

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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